How to get ‘other’ storage back on iPhone or iPad

Apple recently made changes to how iOS handles the mysterious “other” storage on the iPhone and iPad, but it’s still unclear how you can regain that space for yourself. Here’s how to do it.

You usually also just see that when you are out of space iOS has a thing called “other” storage. When your iPhone or iPad states that you have no place to add an app or store all your photos, it is a reasonable condition that a lot of storage is taken up with this other.

It is also a reasonable condition that you are pushing against the limits of storage of your device. There is nothing you cannot do about this unless you are upgrading to a new iPhone or iPad with more space. However soon may be a good time to do so.

Until then, you can work to reclaim that place and there are roughly two ways to do it. There is definitely a way that you should try immediately.

How to reclaim “other” storage space in iOS 13

  • Update ios or ipadOS 13.6.1 or later

Apple says there’s a problem – they called it “an issue” – with storage in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.. While the company does not say what it is, or when you are going to face it, the solution is an upgrade to 13.6.1 or later.

Whatever the cause of the problem, it is sufficiently serious that if you are going out because of this, then you should backup the phone and update it. And do that update before adding any new apps.

Apple actually states that you should not “install new applications, or download or stream music or videos,” unless you have installed iOS or iPadOS 13.6.1 or later.

Does “other” storage on iPhone or iPad mean

You know that if you take a photo, or download an app, or buy a song, it’s going to take place on your iOS device. You also know or at least can infer that when you are using the application, they require some work space.

How to check your storage on iPhone

What is surprising is how much space is needed to make sure all things run. “Other” includes everything that is not media, apps, photos, or documents, etc.

This means that if you can see properly in the extension of “Other”, you will get the optional sounds of Siri, kitchen data, fonts, dictionaries, user logs and more. The way you can quickly search for apps also depends on the spotlight indexing your phone.

Probably the biggest users of “others” are your music, video and photo apps. Especially when you stream media, it is temporarily stored in a cache on your iPhone or iPad. In theory, that cache should be emptied automatically when you are done.

Most of this “other” location is not erased automatically because it is necessary and simply cannot be retrieved. But with things like fonts and many Siri sounds in particular, you can safely get rid of a lot of them.

To see how much storage space “other” is taking up on iOS

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device
  2. Choose Normal
  3. To knock iPhone storage or iPad storage

You will find a graphic with color bars representing the location taken by which type of data. Interestingly, you can take it for granted that it’s accurate – and you can’t assume that when you do the same thing on a Mac.

  1. Connect your iOS device to a Mac
  2. Open a finder window
  3. Select your navigation device from the left-hand navigation column

Doing so will bring up a window showing many details about your iOS device, including how its storage is being used. However, you need to give macOS a minute to find out.

For some reason, you’ll find that you immediately see a graphic showing the storage used by apps, documents, and data, and so on, but that’s incorrect. Your mileage may vary, but in our testing, we will quickly get a reading of the storage space and then it will correct itself in a few moments.

It takes a long time to update that you cannot cling well to find out the truth. You are not being asked anything to wait or the information is being updated. We only saw this because we had already seen the storage graphic on our iOS devices.

How to clear “other” storage

  1. Restart your iOS device
  2. Use Settings to clear Safari’s cache

Restarting should get iOS devices to clear at least some cache. If previously it failed to release temporary storage space, it will now do so.

This is the phone or the system’s own cache, but different apps can have their own – and some will be important. We’re looking at you, Safari.

How to clear Safari’s cache

Clearing Safari's history can help recover storage

Clearing Safari’s history can help recover storage

  1. Go to Settings on your iOS device
  2. Scroll down Safari
  3. Scroll to Clear history and website data
  4. Tap to confirm

For example, doing this and then restarting 1.47 GB from an iPhone 11 Pro. So it’s worth doing, it’s just a shame that not all apps are a straightforward way to clear these “other” caches.

How to clear cache in all apps

  1. Go to Settings, General, iPhone Storage
  2. Wait a moment
  3. Check the data usage of each app on your device

Once you wait a moment in the iPhone or iPad storage section of Settings, your device will normally offer some recommendations to save space. Below this, it will also show a list of apps.

These are applications that are using the most space on your iPhone, with the least amount of space. Most of that space will be storage of items you want to keep, however, or that you can move to other devices.

For example, you can show the camera app that it is using multiple gigabytes of storage. Obviously, you can get some space by supporting that space and then removing it.

This is not an “other” type of storage, however, and there is no way to determine how much space is taken up in that category. If you know that you have a backup of all your documents, however, you can take a brute force approach to reclaim the “other” location.

Again, make sure you’ve got every image, video, or anything else you want, then delete the app. You can do this in a regular way to edit your home screen, or through a list of apps that take up storage.

Tap on any one of them and you will get options Offload or Remove App Erase it

Offloading removes the app from your phone itself, and assumes that it can do so because you will definitely be in an area with good Wi-Fi or cell signal when you want to use it. However, it does not touch your data, and means that you cannot tell if an “other” location is being taken.

Deleting the application and then reinstalling it definitely erases these “other” caches. Or at least it does for now. The cache will build up again over time so it is not a permanent or even a convenient solution.

Consider deleting old messages

The message contains all your text messages until you change a setting or have painstakingly deleted conversations. All of them. His for years. It is possible to remove these old ones, but unfortunately this is a bit of a nuclear option.

  1. go to Settings, message
  2. To knock Keep message
  3. Forever, choose between 1 year and 30 days

Sometimes the only one of them is practical Always And that is the only one that does not help your storage situation. Choose either

1 year

or 30 days Not only will it stop keeping new messages for longer than that, it will delete all your old ones.

Without third-party applications, you cannot easily store your messages before deleting any of them. So make sure you want to do it, or leave it as a last resort.

How to retrieve all possible “other” locations

You cannot completely regain the place that is represented by the “other” nor do you want to. Your device needs that work space.

However, if storage is indeed at a premium, then there is one more thing that you can do to return some space. You can reset your iPhone or iPad completely.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac
  2. Open a finder window and click on the name of your device in the left bar
  3. click to select Back up all data on your Mac to this Mac
  4. Click backup now
  5. When it’s done, go to your iOS device’s settings
  6. Choose Normal, Again Reset
  7. To knock erase all content and settings And confirm

It erases your iPhone and puts it back to how it was the day you get it out of the box. Which means that it will have as much storage space available as it could ever have.

Whenever you are low on space, it is not practical to do so. So while it is quick to clean the Safari cache and it is worth doing occasionally, your best bet is to leave the “other” storage alone before it is completely erased and restored. Pay attention to how you can save space in other ways, such as removing unwanted images.